- USC’s Caleb Williams (+500) is favored to win his second-straight Heisman Trophy in 2023
- Arch Manning (+10000) is competing for the Texas Longhorns’ starting job
- Marvin Harrison Jr. (+5000) could become only the second receiver to win the award in the past three decades
Last month, we looked at some early favorites in the Heisman Trophy Betting Odds, including Caleb Williams, who is looking to become the first repeat winner of the award in over a half century.
Today, we’ll turn our attention to some underdogs who could be named the top player in college football next season. Before look at the odds and provide our best longshots, be sure to check out our guide to betting on the 2023-24 NCAAF National Championship.
2023 Heisman Trophy Odds
|Michael Penix Jr.||+1200||+1200|
|Marvin Harrison Jr.||+5000||+3300|
Arch Manning available at long odds
Arch Manning is currently available at 100-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. While the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning was ranked as No. 1 recruit in the 2023 Class by 247Sports, he’s not even assured the Longhorns’ starting role. Manning will compete with sophomore Quinn Ewers, who passed for 2,177 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.
Even if the 6-foot-4 prodigy wins the job, he’s unlikely to post video-game type numbers as a 17-year-old. Keep in mind that his uncle Peyton never won a Heisman himself, finishing second to Charles Woodson in the voting back in 1997.
First look at Arch Manning as a Texas Longhorn. pic.twitter.com/QGjhIoETqG
— CJ Vogel (@CJVogel_TFB) March 6, 2023
Marvin Harrison Jr. ready for his encore
If you want to wager on the kin of a Pro Football Hall of Famer, Marvin Harrison Jr. (+5000) is a better bet than Arch. The Buckeye junior dominated college football last season with 1,263 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Ohio State may have even won last year’s National Championship if he wasn’t concussed in the CFP semifinal. When he left in the third quarter of the 42-41 loss to Georgia, Harrison Jr. had already registered five receptions for 106 yards and two TDs.
Heisman underdogs at QB position
Every guy who doesn’t play the quarterback position is technically a longshot given that QBs have captured six of the last seven Heismans, as well as 11 of the past 13. In seven of the past nine years, Heisman winners also came from teams that made the four-team CFP tournament. The only exceptions being Caleb Williams (USC) last season and Lamar Jackson (Louisville) in 2016.
This means we should look for signal callers on winning programs. Kyle McCord (+2500) is taking over Ryan Day’s high-powered offense at Ohio State. Jalen Milroe (+8000) and Ty Simpson (+4000) will battle to take over for Bryce Young in Alabama. Meanwhile, Brock Vandagriff (+2800), Carson Beck (+4000) and Gunner Stockton (+8000) are competing to replace Stetson Bennett in Georgia.
Early predictions for Kyle McCord next season?👀 pic.twitter.com/By3jOnX5ob
— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 9, 2023
Marvin Harrison Jr. (+5000) has a few things working against him. First, with CJ Stroud expected to go No. 1 in the 2023 NFL Draft, he will be catching passes from a new QB. And, secondly, only one wideout (DeVonta Smith) has won the award since 1992.
That said, the talented playmaker was electric last season and suits up for a team that should again compete for a national championship.
See below the top NCAAF sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you: